Controlled Rot is a study into relationships between cultural systems – visible, invisible, and imagined – that connect and sustain us. Rosemary Liss’ new works employ imagery of food bacteria and their shapes, forms, colors and connections to query into human understandings of and relationships to our bodies and environments. Through the pervasive use of antibiotics and antiseptics, modern society champions the containment and eradication of these invisible bacteria cultures, and thereby the destruction of our own microbiomes, the internal landscapes that give definition to our existence. Through the unexpected partnering of materials and processes, including paint, digitally printed and naturally-dyed fabrics, ceramic, quilting, video and kombucha fiber, Liss creates a visual and visceral symbiosis that challenges the binaries her work addresses – craft versus fine art, traditional versus digital, female versus male – and seeks to establish curiosity and relationship in the liminal space between these dichotomies.
Rosemary Liss (b. 1988, Baltimore, MD) is a painter whose work encompasses a range of textiles, sculpture, and digital media. She has exhibited in both group and two person shows including “The Land Has Many Parts” at Jane Deering Gallery in Santa Barbara, CA and “!Bingo!” at Platform Gallery in Baltimore, MD. Rosemary is a 2015 Sondheim Semi-finalist and will continue to explore the confluence of art and fermentation at the Nordic Food Lab this summer in Copenhagen, DE.